Starcraft’s MX 25 L is an example of a pontoon that stands out both above and below deck. Topside, my test boat featured a familiar bow layout, with a 4-foot-4-inch-long couch to port paired with a 5-foot-8-inch couch to starboard, each with roto-molded stowage in the bases. Walking aft, I found a matching set of rear-facing chaise lounges with sloping backs. Use them to watch a skier or wakeboarder, or just to stretch out and soak up the sun. An abundance of cup holders make sure you won’t get overheated. The space below also doesn’t go to waste; raise the gas-shock-assisted seat bases and you’ll find stowage that stretches to 6 feet. Like the bow lounges and twin high-back captain and mate chairs, the seats are upholstered in a supple, two-tone vinyl.
Under the deck, my test boat featured Starcraft’s HMX PR 25 package, which pairs the outer 25-inch-diameter pontoons with a third, 25-inch center log. The addition of performance strakes adds lift and results in less drag, faster planing, better top-end speed and the snappy, agile reflexes similar to those of a V-hull. I jammed the throttle for the boat’s Yamaha F300 forward, and in less than seven seconds I had zoomed past 30 mph en route to the MX 25’s sporty top speed of 44.3 mph.
What truly sets the boat apart visually, however, is the optional Prestige package. In terms of appearance, it colors both the fencing and perimeter rails in a stealthy black and adds the color to the rub rail to boot. It also adds mood lighting and lighted cup holders for those moonlit evenings. Other features go far beyond style, including a handy Murphy touch-screen dash display, a 4-inch elevated helm that provides a better view forward, stainless-steel gate and grab handles, and a 10-foot Bimini that offers exceptional coverage.
Comparable Model: Harris Solstice DC 250